It is hoped the machine’s £229 price tag will prove attractive to people using the computer for all types of reasons, with the primary user needs being provided by Google Mail, Calendar and Docs.
The upgrade has been made to offer a more familiar computing experience, with windows based on the Google Chrome web browser, while owners can benefit from six hours of battery life and 100 GB of online storage.
Other advantages include security updates that are installed automatically and a light and slim design.
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps at Google, wrote on the Official Google Blog: “For families, it’s easy to use and share – for kids doing homework on the couch, parents catching up on emails at the kitchen counter and grandparents staying connected on video chat.”
He added many people use the Chromebook as an ideal additional home computer, with maintenance of the machine being quick and easy.